CU-Boulder cancels final exams because of snow

Posted at 6:57 PM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 20:57:38-05

Final exams at University of Colorado-Boulder went from postponed to canceled on Tuesday because of heavy snowfall.

The campus closed to all non-essential employees and students around 11 a.m. after two delays and more than 11 inches of snow. Until then, students had to wait around campus for each school announcement.

In a statement, CU said final grades will be based on work-to-date in each course, for students whose finals were canceled.

The university urged faculty to create online exams or take-home assignments but exams will not be redone in person, regardless of these options.

Denver7 reporter Jason Gruenauer noticed some students rejoicing in the dining halls.

"A majority of people don't want to take the final whether or not if effects your grade. It was just an instant relief of not having to take it and not have that pressure," said Kenzie Bertner, a freshman.

Others were upset and feared the impact, since final exams often account for a large percentage of ending grades. Some students rely on the tests to save their standing. One student told Jason that three of his finals were axed Tuesday.

"I feel like I pay too much money to go to this school to have a final that I could've done well on to not take place," Riley Nelson, a freshman, said.

Any online tests that were already scheduled will go on as planned, and other homework can be submitted once the campus reopens. CU expects exams and campus activities to operate on a normal schedule on Wednesday and that decision will be announced by 5:30 a.m.

Finals haven't been canceled in the last 10 years.